Lahore: A cheque distribution ceremony was held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan by the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust in collaboration with the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust with incumbent Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman and former President of Pakistan Muhammad Rafique Tarar in the chair.
The attendees included Vice Chairman Dr. Rafique Ahmad the members of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Board of Governors, Justice(r) Aftab Farrukh, Waleed Iqbal Advocate, Ch. Naeem Hussain Chattha, Prof. Ata-ur-Rehman, Dr. Ajmal Niazi, Director Bait-ul-Maal Muhammad Zaheer, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Ghulam Rabbani Awan, Prof. Dr. Parveen Khan, Shehzad Dogar. Ch. Muhammad Shafi, Aziz Zafar Azad, the Pakistan Movement workers, teachers, students and a large number of people from different walks of life.
The Governor of the Punjab. Ch. Muhammad Sarwar, the chief guest, observed that the irretrievable loss caused by the veteran journalist Dr. Majid Nizami’s demise weighed heavily on his devotees and admirers including himself. The services rendered by the deceased for Pakistan, Pakistani people, journalism, the Pakistan Movement and the ideology of Pakistan could never be praised enough. He also prayed for the salvation and elevation of the deceased’s soul. A cheque of Rs. 50,000/- was going to be presented to the Pakistan Movement workers or their descendants each, he said.They were the loyal and dedicated followers of the Father of the Nation, who faced the brunt of the British oppression and Hindu prejudice.
The Governor pointed out the highly meritorious services rendered by the Chief Minister of the Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who took a keen interest in the welfare and well-being of these benefactors of the nation. Among other humanitarian measures, the Punjab Chief Minister had also issued health-care cards for the Pakistan Movement workers to provide them with treatment at the government hospitals free of cost.
The C.M. Punjab has also issued orders for 66 Pakistan Movement workers to be provided with plots, the Governor said. The Pakistan Treasury deserves a glowing tribute and sincere thanks for providing aid to our heroes who have been rendered helpless by the vicissitudes of times. It is, now, our duty to provide them with aid and relief, he said. It was the Quaid-i-Azam’s far-sightedness and cutting-edge leadership that secured us an independent country of our own. It is high time that all Pakistanis, the rulers and the ruled, the leaders and the led, joined hands, made a common cause and left no stone unturned to retrieve the honour and prestige of our dear motherland by rooting out that biggest evil of them all – corruption, which has caused billions to go down the drain received as foreign aid to be spent on providing pure water to the Pakistani people or on running welfare projects for the poor, the helpless and the needy.
Giving vent to his inner-most feelings, the Governor observed that it was a bad bargain to sell out one’s soul for the sake of material comforts and luxuries. Power and wealth have never ever brought salvation to man. Sacrificing a blissful eternal life on the alter of an unimaginably brief luxurious life is nothing short of a folly, he observed. Mian Farooq Altaf observed we must admit and admire the selfless services rendered by the Pakistan Movement workers.
He expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif for providing so many comforts and amenities for the heroes who, at this stage of life, truly deserve our attention. He also thanked the Pakistan treasury in this regard.